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'''William Clark Styron Jr.''' (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work. Styron was best known for his novels, including: * ''Lie Down in Darkness (novel)|Lie Down in Darkness'' (1951), his acclaimed first work, published at age 26; * ''The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)|The Confessions of Nat Turner'' (1967), narrated by Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 Virginian slavery|slave revolt; * ''Sophie's Choice (novel)|Sophie's Choice'' (1979), a story "told through the eyes of a young aspiring writer from the South, about a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp|Auschwitz and her brilliant but psychotic Jewish lover in postwar Brooklyn". In 1985, he suffered from his first serious bout with depression (mood)|depression. When he emerged out from under this initial experience,...
Birth date{{Birth-date|June 11, 1925}}
Birth placeNewport News, Virginia, U.S.
Death date{{Death-date and age|November 1, 2006|June 11, 1925}}
Death placeMartha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.
Language| nationality = American
OccupationNovelist, essayist
Education| alma_mater = Duke University
Period1951–2006
Genre| subject =
Movement| notableworks = ''The Confessions of Nat Turner''
''Sophie's Choice''
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